California narrowly dodges rolling outages

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Californians very narrowly dodged rotating outages on Tuesday as the state’s grid operator said outages “could be imminent.”The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said it ended at 8 p.m. its stage 3 energy alert, its highest alert issued before ordering blackouts. This is only issued when demand for energy is expected to outpace actual supply.The agency cited consumers saving energy as a big part of avoiding outages. Tuesday was another scorching day, with record-high temperatures, which led to a massive spike in demand.Cal ISO said its power grid peaked Tuesday at 52,061 megawatts, an all-time record. However, despite the scare for millions of Californians, the overall power-saving efforts very might well have spared much of the state.The California Office of Emergency Services sent emergency alerts out to people’s phones, which deputy director Brian Ferguson said is not usually done with outage risks. That alert was sent shortly before 6 p.m., a time when people come home and rely more on air conditioning to cool off.Still, there were tens of thousands of customers who went without outages today. Many of those were heat-related but not related to the rolling outages that would have been ordered by Cal ISO. Tuesday is also the seventh day in a row where a Flex Alert, a voluntary call to conserve energy, was issued.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said in a tweet that it was directed to prepare for possible outages. In preparation, the utility said it notified about 525, 277 customers to brace for blackouts this evening.| Related Stories Below |Track outages across California hereCalifornia heat wave: All-time heat record in Sacramento broken at 115 degreesExpert explains why this heat wave is so troubling on California gridWhy to put a quarter on a frozen cup of water before losing power and more outage tipsKCRA 3 is tracking updates on Tuesday as they come. Follow below:8:05 p.m.: In an email to KCRA 3, Cal ISO confirmed no rolling outages were ordered throughout all of Tuesday.8:00 p.m.: Cal ISO ended its stage 3 energy alert, citing consumer conservation as playing a big role in avoiding rolling outages.7:11 p.m.: Cal ISO said energy use demand hit 52,061 megawatts, a new all-time record.7:07 p.m.: KCRA 3 Meteorologist Heather Waldman goes over current conditions across Northern California.7:03 p.m.: California Office of Emergency Services Deputy Director Brian Ferguson said there was a noticeable drop in demand shortly after an emergency alert was sent to people’s phones. Ferguson said sending out that alert was sent at a critical time, when people would come home and use their air conditioners to cool off.Watch that interview below. 6:48 p.m.: There are about 12,400 customers in the City of Davis without power. That outage started at 5 p.m.These outages in Davis are heat-related but not related to the rotating outages. PG&E in a response to KCRA 3 said the utility will sometimes “proactively deenergize” some of its equipment to “prevent safety hazards and system.”There is no estimated time of restoration for Davis.6:07 p.m.: The Sacramento International Airport said Terminal B is running on generators. It was asked by SMUD to conserve energy from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are no outages at the airport.5:49 p.m.: An emergency alert was sent to cellphones urging people to conserve energy to avoid the risk of rolling outages.5:30 p.m.: The new all-time high for downtown Sacramento is 116 degrees as of 5:30 p.m., KCRA 3 Meteorologist Heather Waldman reports. Stockton also tied its record high of 115 degrees today.5:29 p.m.: Cal ISO issued an Energy Emergency Alert 3 from 5:17 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is the highest alert the grid operator sends out when it says it does not have enough energy supply to meet demand. KCRA 3 asked Cal ISO if that means outages are definitely happening, and the agency responded in an email saying the blackouts “could be imminent.”5:21 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Melanie Wingo reports energy came back on for businesses at C and 3rd streets in West Sacramento. PG&E’s outage map shows that there are still outages in the city.5:04 p.m.: About 7,116 customers are without energy in West Sacramento, according to PG&E’s outage map. These are the outages reported earlier that were deemed heat-related but not part of the rolling outages.Watch Below | KCRA 3 Reporter Melanie Wingo took a look at the West Sacramento outages during our 5 p.m. newscast4:30 p.m.: KCRA 3 Meteorologist Heather Waldman said the new all-time record for downtown Sacramento is 115 degrees. The original all-time record was set on July 17, 1925.4:28 p.m.: The City of West Sacramento said those outages have spread to the Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods.3:50 p.m.: PG&E said 6,200 customers are without power in West Sacramento. The cause is heat-related, but the utility did not specify further while crews investigate.PG&E did say this outage is unrelated to the rolling blackouts it warned roughly half a million customers about. There is no estimated time of restoration.

Californians very narrowly dodged rotating outages on Tuesday as the state’s grid operator said outages “could be imminent.”

The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said it ended at 8 p.m. its stage 3 energy alert, its highest alert issued before ordering blackouts. This is only issued when demand for energy is expected to outpace actual supply.

The agency cited consumers saving energy as a big part of avoiding outages. Tuesday was another scorching day, with record-high temperatures, which led to a massive spike in demand.

Cal ISO said its power grid peaked Tuesday at 52,061 megawatts, an all-time record. However, despite the scare for millions of Californians, the overall power-saving efforts very might well have spared much of the state.

The California Office of Emergency Services sent emergency alerts out to people’s phones, which deputy director Brian Ferguson said is not usually done with outage risks. That alert was sent shortly before 6 p.m., a time when people come home and rely more on air conditioning to cool off.

Still, there were tens of thousands of customers who went without outages today. Many of those were heat-related but not related to the rolling outages that would have been ordered by Cal ISO.

Tuesday is also the seventh day in a row where a Flex Alert, a voluntary call to conserve energy, was issued.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said in a tweet that it was directed to prepare for possible outages. In preparation, the utility said it notified about 525, 277 customers to brace for blackouts this evening.

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8:05 p.m.: In an email to KCRA 3, Cal ISO confirmed no rolling outages were ordered throughout all of Tuesday.

8:00 p.m.: Cal ISO ended its stage 3 energy alert, citing consumer conservation as playing a big role in avoiding rolling outages.

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7:11 p.m.: Cal ISO said energy use demand hit 52,061 megawatts, a new all-time record.

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7:07 p.m.: KCRA 3 Meteorologist Heather Waldman goes over current conditions across Northern California.


7:03 p.m.: California Office of Emergency Services Deputy Director Brian Ferguson said there was a noticeable drop in demand shortly after an emergency alert was sent to people’s phones. Ferguson said sending out that alert was sent at a critical time, when people would come home and use their air conditioners to cool off.

Watch that interview below.

6:48 p.m.: There are about 12,400 customers in the City of Davis without power. That outage started at 5 p.m.

These outages in Davis are heat-related but not related to the rotating outages. PG&E in a response to KCRA 3 said the utility will sometimes “proactively deenergize” some of its equipment to “prevent safety hazards and system.”

There is no estimated time of restoration for Davis.

6:07 p.m.: The Sacramento International Airport said Terminal B is running on generators. It was asked by SMUD to conserve energy from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are no outages at the airport.

5:49 p.m.: An emergency alert was sent to cellphones urging people to conserve energy to avoid the risk of rolling outages.

5:30 p.m.: The new all-time high for downtown Sacramento is 116 degrees as of 5:30 p.m., KCRA 3 Meteorologist Heather Waldman reports. Stockton also tied its record high of 115 degrees today.

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5:29 p.m.: Cal ISO issued an Energy Emergency Alert 3 from 5:17 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is the highest alert the grid operator sends out when it says it does not have enough energy supply to meet demand.

KCRA 3 asked Cal ISO if that means outages are definitely happening, and the agency responded in an email saying the blackouts “could be imminent.”

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5:21 p.m.: KCRA 3 Reporter Melanie Wingo reports energy came back on for businesses at C and 3rd streets in West Sacramento. PG&E’s outage map shows that there are still outages in the city.

5:04 p.m.: About 7,116 customers are without energy in West Sacramento, according to PG&E’s outage map. These are the outages reported earlier that were deemed heat-related but not part of the rolling outages.

Watch Below | KCRA 3 Reporter Melanie Wingo took a look at the West Sacramento outages during our 5 p.m. newscast

4:30 p.m.: KCRA 3 Meteorologist Heather Waldman said the new all-time record for downtown Sacramento is 115 degrees. The original all-time record was set on July 17, 1925.

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4:28 p.m.: The City of West Sacramento said those outages have spread to the Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods.

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3:50 p.m.: PG&E said 6,200 customers are without power in West Sacramento. The cause is heat-related, but the utility did not specify further while crews investigate.

PG&E did say this outage is unrelated to the rolling blackouts it warned roughly half a million customers about. There is no estimated time of restoration.

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